Among the latest news to come out of Hollywood is that Charlize Theron has shorn her beautiful blonde locks for the upcoming film Mad Max: Fury Road. Anne Hathaway made news recently too for losing her hair for Les Miserables. They join a long list of actors who have sacrificed their hair for their art. If the role demands it, stars seem willing to go under the razor. Some have opted not to lose their locks, but rather to wear bald caps and make-up (like Cameron Diaz in My Sister’s Keeper.) If going bald means enhancing the believability and quality of a performance, there appear to be few qualms about doing it in Hollywood. Sometimes getting into character means a certain level of physical modification. Whether playing a cancer patient, a badass villain or a badass chick, several actors have gone the distance and embraced baldness for film. Here are a few notable baldies:
Natalie Portman – V for Vendetta
Portman lost her hair to play ally to a freedom fighter in a futuristic dystopian society.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – 50/50
Gordon-Levitt took it all off – his hair, that is – to play a radio journalist who is diagnosed with a rare cancer in his spine and must undergo chemotherapy.
Demi Moore – G.I. Jane
Moore shaved off her own long locks while playing Jordan O’Neill, the first woman to undergo training in the U.S. Navy Seals.
Kevin Spacey – Seven
Spacey’s baldness enhanced the creepy, sadistic and diabolical nature of the serial killer he portrayed.
Weaver went bald for the third installment of the popular sci-fi series in which Ripley crash lands on a planet inhabited by hardened convicts with an alien stowaway in tow.
John Travolta – From Paris with Love
Travolta played a bald-headed, goatee-wearing American CIA special agent sent to Paris on a mysterious mission.
Robin Tunney – Empire Records
Tunney epitomized 90s grunge when she shaved her head to portray a hostile, antisocial and apathetic music store employee.
Cate Blanchett, Heaven
Blanchett was shorn to play a vengeful wife who takes the law into her own hands by planting a bomb to kill a drug dealer after her husband falls victim to a drug overdose.
Who wore bald best? Are there other notable actors who sacrificed their hair for a role? Let us know in the comments section.